By Gofire Staff
The compounds in cigarette smoke read like a rogue’s gallery of toxic chemicals and carcinogens: hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, lead, arsenic, ammonia, uranium, benzene and many more.
The problem is combustion. A lit cigarette is a tobacco fire, which is about as healthy as a smoldering toxic-waste dump. Setting a match or lighter to tobacco produces tar, the sticky sludge that coats lungs and threatens health in all kinds of ways. It also delivers an addictive dose of nicotine. All of this combined means that lives are figuratively going up in smoke.
Of course, tobacco isn’t the only leaf that people choose to smoke. But when you light any organic substance on fire, it will produce many of those same toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke. These are referred to as pyrolytic compounds—those released by high heat.
The search for healthier methods of inhalation hit paydirt around 2003, when a Chinese inventor named Hon Lik marketed the first e-cigarette. The concept was ingenious: Bring the inhalable substance up to a temperature that vaporizes its key compounds, but before it burns. Then you eliminate the toxins while delivering the desired ingredients.
The use of tobacco vaporizers, vape pens and e-cigarettes has proved controversial, as some studies indicate that if the vaporizer becomes overheated, it can deliver formaldehyde and other carcinogens into a vape user’s lungs. Other problems have come with poorly regulated products from slipshod manufacturers. The answer has been to produce vaporizers made with the highest quality materials, and to introduce temperature controls that reduce toxins while still releasing active compounds without harmful combustion.
Reputable vaping systems engineered with precise temperature modulation and user control—like the Gofire—achieve delivery of desired compounds, while avoiding downsides of poorly designed cheaper models. Studies have shown that, whatever active ingredient is targeted, more of it will be delivered into the bloodstream via vaporizing, as compared with smoking.
There are other advantages when it comes to vaping vs. smoking. Using a vaporizer is discreet, as it doesn’t produce the clouds of acrid smoke that clings to skin, clothes, upholstery, surfaces and more. The mist produced by a vaping device disperses quickly, with little if any residual odor. Devices are now very adaptable, capable of vaporizing unprocessed loose leaf, essential oils or extracts. And a study published in the Harm Reduction Journal showed that users of vaporizing devices report less respiratory distress—coughing, phlegm, bronchitis—than smokers.
So if vaping is the chosen delivery method for any organic product, users can now breathe a little easier.